Sketching Natural Beauty: Warpool Court Hotel’s Peter Trier Proposes an Art Outing

“Why not apply yourself to capturing the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in a different way?” asks Warpool Court Hotel owner Peter Trier. “Pembrokeshire has been a magnet for artists for centuries. A painting holiday is a great way to experience the dramatic coastline.”

Capture the beauty of the Pembrokeshire scenery in watercolour - arrange for a workshop with Art on the Pembrokeshire Coast. Your outing will be scheduled for a 3-hour block of time at an arranged meeting place, during which you’ll have a mentor to guide you. You’ll have everything provided that you’ll need to capture the beauty of the area in watercolour.

One area that’s particularly popular with art lovers is the area of north Pembrokeshire near the beautiful coastal town of Newport. There are some who say there are sleeping giants in Wales – two of them, in fact. One, the Carningli giant, is situated above this sleepy, picturesque town.

In reality, the ‘giant’ is a group of three rocky outcrops. When viewed from Newport, the rock formations appear to make the shape of a giant. The largest is Carn Ffoi, which also contains the ruins of an iron age fort; the other outcrops are what’s left of ancient field systems.

The town of Newport, which dates back to the late 12th century, sits along the A487 at the mouth of the River Nevern (Afon Nyfer in Welsh). Situated in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Newport was once a port supporting the medieval wool trade. Its Norman castle is located where the hills meet the top of the town. Some segments of wall and west tower – ‘Hunter’s Hall’ - remain and what was the gatehouse is currently privately owned. You can drive by on Mill Lane (Feidr Felin) and see parts of the remaining walls.

You might choose to spend the rest of your day exploring Newport and its amenities, or wander further along the Parrog to the beach where it is possible (if you remove your shoes and roll up your trousers) to cross the estuary at low tide. Also walkable is the Neolithic Carreg Coetan Arthur burial chamber, dating from around 3000 BC.

Perhaps the Doll House and Toy Museum is of more interest. It’s a private collection of playthings inherited and collected by the Ripley sisters - Pam and Val. Many items date from around the second World War and the early 1930s. Among many other remarkable items, their own original collection was expanded and now contains doll houses of every period from 1840 to the present.

For art enthusiasts, a visit to the Newport Collective Gallery is a must. It’s a great place to discover the work of artists and craft makers living and working in and around Newport. The gallery is run by its members, so you’re likely to meet one on your visit.

If you want to go exploring by bike, make a stop at the Carningli Centre, which, in addition to a selection of antiques and an art gallery and second-hand book store, is home to Carningli Bike Hire.

When you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, return to Warpool Court Hotel for a remarkable dinner and dessert at the Sea View Restaurant.

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